On Monday we provided a review of cure kinetics (Part 9) and set the stage for an exciting series on Thermoset Cure Kinetics by Dr. R. Bruce Prime and Dr. John Avila. Over the next six weeks, the following guest posts will be presented:
Thermoset Cure Kinetics Part 10: Autocatalytic Equations
Thermoset Cure Kinetics Part 11: A Mathematical Approach to Kinetics Analysis
Thermoset Cure Kinetics Part 12: Modelling the Effect of Catalysis on Autocatalytic Kinetics
Thermoset Cure Kinetics Part 13: Modelling the Effect of Stoichiometry on Autocatalytic Kinetics
Thermoset Cure Kinetics Part 14: Analysis of Autocatalytic Systems with Unknown Composition: Part A; From Conversion and Rate of Conversion Data
Thermoset Cure Kinetics Part 15: Analysis of Autocatalytic Systems with Unknown Composition: Part B; From Conversion –Time Data
Biographies of the Presenters:
Bruce Prime, Ph.D.
Dr. Prime is a consultant to industry and government. He has over 40 years’ experience developing polymeric materials and their processes. A focus of his work is the cure and properties of cross-linked polymer systems such as coatings, adhesives and electronic materials. His work is documented in over 50 publications and in the chapter on Thermosets in Thermal Characterization of Polymeric Materials (E. A. Turi, ed., Academic Press, 1981 and 1997). He has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with Bernhard Wunderlich. He spent 30 years at IBM where he led teams that developed polymer systems and processes for printer and information storage technologies. He retired as a Senior Scientist from the IBM Materials Laboratory in San Jose, CA in 1998. Bruce is a fellow of SPE and NATAS, and was the 1989 recipient of the international Mettler Toledo Award in Thermal Analysis. He is co-editor of the book Thermal Analysis of Polymers: Fundamentals and Applications, (J. D. Menczel and R. B. Prime, eds.) John Wiley&Sons, 2009. Dr. Prime and Dr. Gotro co-authored a book chapter entitled “Thermosets” published in the Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology, John Wiley and Sons (2017).
John Avila, Ph.D.
Dr. John Avila is a retired professor who taught Computer Science for 18 years at San Jose State University. Before that he worked for over 20 years in industry as a numerical analyst focusing on very large numerical problems involving the use of supercomputers. His background includes General Electric’s Nuclear Energy Division. He also worked as a contractor at NASA’s Ames Research Center in their Supercomputer Center. Currently he has been focused on the numerical solution of the kinetics equations in this blog and the development of apps for the iPhone and iPad.